Saturday, 16 September 2017

Colours 2017

We shot down to Newbury for a few hours yesterday, I'd only a few things on my shopping list but the absence of the Foundry Napoleonic racks meant no British Marines, and no Perrys then no limber or wagon for ACW.

Essentials like MDF bases and tufts came first, 15mm walls from Debris of War and then a couple of great character figures from Gringo40s. The surprise purchase was the Sudan scenario book, this will be great for TMWWBK.


I managed to finish the ACW casualty markers, complete with horses, Union and Confederate, all with Minibits 7mm frames.


Last year I bought some great buildings from Leven Miniatures, great models and easy to paint. Here's the first few themed for ACW.


I'm working on some 15mm farm buildings from Peter Pig for our inaugural playing of Battleground, these were a pre order for collection, somehow they still came in the post?  They are all primed and ready for paint.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Summer All Day Game - ACW Sharp Practice

I was keen get some skirmishers painted for my Union forces, a quick order to Perry Miniatures brought some suitable figures through the letterbox. One is a pack of Confederates, but don't tell them - I just painted them blue! Both packs of Berdans were supplemented by the free figure from Warlord which came with the release of 'Glory Hallelujah' which convieniently gave me enough figures to field the officer as a big man in Sharp Practice.



In their first game they did reasonably well, even the Renedra barn managed to survive its first game without being burnt down. Perhaps the curse is broken?

Here's a couple of shots from our game, Stuart playing the Rebs has written the game up on his blog, the link is after the photos.




http://dusttears.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/wyvern-wargamers-big-bash-2017-acw.html

Monday, 21 August 2017

From one civil war to another

My recent game of Sharp Practice caused me to think about my ACW collections, my 28mm Union troops are desperately in need of skirmishers and my 6mm Confederates lurked nearby mocking me for being unfinished since 2010!

Whilst reviewing old blog posts I found my unboxing post and my first few units. These figures had caused me a few problems, I've based the early regiments twice as I focused on to unit bases and didn't like painting off the black undercoat. Whilst off recently I took the plunge and pulled out the part painted strips and cracked on.

Once I had some momentum up it ceased being a chore and started planning future additions, more of everything!

It's ready for a game now;

18 infantry regiments
4 combined skirmishers bases
2 cavalry squadrons
2 dismounted cavalry squadrons with horse holders
4 cannon w/ 2 limbers
5 brigade commanders
3 division commanders
1 corps commander or CinC




I have some Perrys on the painting table for the 28mm Union, now did I buy some buildings from Joy of 6 last year?

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Escaping the grot box

We all have one, a grot box, a box or shelf of shame, that place where unfinished models go after we've lost interest in them. No don't confuse this with your lead or plastic mountain of untouched kits or figures - this is models we've started and lost interest, perhaps it's a dull sculpt and doesn't inspire, or we've moved on to another project.

There is a good selection of bits in mine and I'm working towards clearing it out, mixing it in with my current projects.

This week I've managed to finish a few bits and pieces. Firstly a Frostgrave bard, also good for D&D.


Next a couple of French officers, originally from Victrix but now no longer in their catalogue.


Finally a Front Rank civilian flanked by two Warlord British Officers suitable for the Peninsula War.




France

Recently I had the opportunity to visit friends who had moved to France, flying to Basel, we drove down the motorway through Alsace, you can see a graffiti covered pillbox in the shot below.
 

The Romans were also here, all that remains of the town of Epomanduodurum is the amphitheatre.



Most significantly, the city of Belfort was besieged three times during the nineteenth century, twice during the Napoleonic wars and once more in the Franco Prussian War. The statue below commemorates the leaders in each of those sieges. 


The city was protected by fortifications designed by Vauban. The city successfully resisted the Prussians and the defenders marched out with their weapons after the armistice. Because of this success, this part of Alsace was not handed over to new German empire.


After the 1871 war, the French built more forts in this area, their large cannon would give mutually supporting fire. This example Fort du Mont Bart was only open to school parties on the day we were passing.


The French like to leave anachronistic vehicles at their historical sites, Belfort had a Sherman, Mont Bart had this Panhard EBR. 






Monday, 7 August 2017

Is there a hole in your (photo) bucket?

The recent change in Photobucket terms and conditions have made massive waves across the hobby. Many forums have had much of their content replaced with the "upgrade your account" message, online retailers have also been affected.

Ultimately we have to wonder to their business model, income was from, I believe, from ads which we were displayed when users accessed online albums. Only problem was, they weren't. PB become the go to site for photo storage specifically so people could host images on forums, in the Internet age storage is incredibly cheap, bandwidth is not and nor is it predictable.

With the Internet as always "If you're paying for the product, you are the product" most definitely definately being true, users are trying to download the photos and move them to alternate sites although they might just be causing the same problem elsewhere, we will have to wait and see.

Years ago, when I started taking digital photos I started using a site called Fotki, currently about half the photos from this site are hosted on there. When I started blogging directly from my iPad I started loading photos directly in to Blogger. Fotki has managed to lose some photos as they have become corrupted in their database, also links to files became broken as some photos had their file paths changed somehow, this on top of a confusing cost structure caused me to give up.

I'm currently replacing all the old linked images with ones uploaded on to Blogger, so if old posts are appearing in your feeds, my apologies. Swapping images out has lead me to read some old posts and remind me of old games and projects.

Here's a couple;


  • Uncharted Seas - Easy to paint models, straight forward rules and still may favourite of all the Spartan games.

  • Lost Worlds - I have cave men, neanderthals and dinosaurs but it's never seen the light of day, I never found rules I was happy with.

  • 6mm ACW - Really disappointed I'd never managed to get a playable force together, messed about with rules and basing before settling on 60mm x 30mm and Black Powder, not to mention I wasn't happy with the black undercoat. Galvanised in to action I have grabbed some started strips and cracked on.




Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A barn and Bluecoats

Here's the Renedra barn, bought from a club member as a kit. This is a very simple job to assemble, primed with some cheap black primer from The Range and then base coated with Halford's brown camouflage spray. Some dry brushing later and we have something that will easily cover 400 years of history from English Civil War to the twentieth century.

It's important to remember those are wooden shingles on the roof and not slate tiles so it might be a little more American than European but it would be an easy task to cover with thatching, if done right it could just pop on when needed. I'll get some cheap towelling and give it a try before popping it on a base.


Next up is the first batch of my forces for The Pikemans Lament, I've started with one of the cheap plastic infantry boxes, I effectively got 2 for the price of 1. The figures are a little simple in places, showing their age but they are a quick paint.

I have managed to get the full 42 figures from the box, the box says 40. The secret is to have the firelocks box, which has two sets of arms for each body as so plenty of spares. This gives me 2 12 man shot groups, a 12 man pike group and 4 command figures which can be incorporated in those groups. 

I settled on a generic blue colour scheme, Blue was worn by both the Royalist forces occupying Evesham during the Civil War and the Gloucester Trained Bands who were part of the Parliamentarian forces who stormed and took the town in May 1645. 


These figures need a varnish, grass and tufts - that's a job for the weekend. Before starting on the next batch I shall tackle a few pieces from the 'grot' box - models long started but never seem to inspire me to complete them.